Instructor Spotlight: Roman Glass

Before Roman Glass started his downtown screenprinting studio No Dress Code Studios, he spent his time sketching, cartooning and making music. “I’ve always been a creator,” he confessed citing inspiration from Calvin & Hobbes to coffee and the DIY punk scene. Roman grew up in Erie and attended Erie Votech School for commercial art. There he learned skills that he uses in the studio everyday.


Glass studied art at Edinboro University and during a semester abroad in Florence Italy, he recognized the allure of printmaking and began creating monoprints on tshirts, posters and skateboards. Eventually he moved to North Carolina with his wife and children and worked in a handful of custom print shops, printing posters, props, t-shirts and signature merchandise. It wasn’t long before he was compelled to run his own screenprinting studio in Erie. No Dress Code Studios started in 2013 and is the only studio in the area to offer live, often interactive screen printing at community events. You may recognize Roman from local craft shows, fundraisers, and at the t shirt tent at the Erie Art Museum’s Blues and Jazz Festival.


This winter, Roman is teaching a beginning silkscreening workshop that is ideal for all creators: teenagers, families, friends and anyone looking for an exciting Thursday night activity in Erie. The class is fun, informative and encourages experimentation. Roman says that after each class he gains new perspectives from the students’ interests and questions.


Sweet Tees: SIlkscreening 101 takes place on Thursday, January 23 from 6-9PM. Take the class with a friend or family member and save $10!


Past Instructor Spotlight: EAM Artscope

Dan and Jan Niebauer, April 2016

Scott Rispin, November 2016

Meet the Instructors

Ed Bernik is a commercial photographer in Erie, PA with more then 30 years of experience in advertising, journalism and fine art photography. His distinctive portraiture is complemented by extensive editorial work in corporate, documentary and tourism photography and videography. Ed’s books on Pennsylvania include Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest, The Great Kinzua Bridge and Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons . You can find his work online at
Greg Gehner began experimenting with welding in his friend’s garage for a high school art project that later led him into a sculpture program and eventually metalsmithing and blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He established his studio, Transit Forge, with a move to Pennsylvania and marriage to Metals/Jewelry Professor Cappy Counard of Edinboro University. One of his commissioned works was the bike rack outside of the Erie Art Museum. Check out his website
Esther Sung A. Hong received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Oriental Art in Korea with a focus in landscapes. She has exhibited and sold her work in galleries across the United States.
“This class was both enjoyable and worthwhile. It taught me something unique about oriental art style and philosophy. The ‘Zen’ quality of oriental painting was relaxing.”

“She worked with each individual separately and drew examples to help us learn as we went along”

“This class was a lot of fun. I learned something new that my school does not have.”

“Esther Hong is a wonderful teacher – taking the time to explain and demonstrate as well as giving individual attention where needed.

Denise Keim is a visual narrator, an educator, and a photographer. She has spent twenty years photographing the human landscape. Her vision has led her to work in design, corporate, editorial, and academic arenas. After working extensively throughout Eastern Europe as a Fulbright Scholar, she has a serious body of work that takes us on a striking visual journey and has us traversing the subtleties of the human condition.
Ehren Knapp resides in Erie, Pennsylvania, yet has lived and traveled extensively throughout the United States. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and developed his love for painting while in the service; adorning barracks, vehicles and offices with his designs. After the service he studied at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA, Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, and earned his BFA from Edinboro University. Ehren is a distinguished muralist and his work can be found on buildings and signs throughout Erie County. Ehren currently teaches art at Wayne Elementary in addition to leading drawing courses at the Erie Art Museum.
Matthew Mead, owner of Matt Mead Photography, is known for his breathtaking underwater photography. A former student of Art Becker ,he now teaches Photoshop courses through the Erie Art Museum. Mead is an avid scuba diver and his passion for diving and photography allows him to travel to locations all over the world. Matthew Mead is also a 2000 graduate of Clarion University, where he received a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Environmental Geoscience. For more information on Matt and his work visit his website
Dan and Jan Niebauer have been teaching and working in the jewelry field for over 45 years. They both hold master’s degrees from Edinboro University and are members of the Jeweler’s Vigilance Committee of America. Dan and Jan are the owners of Ralph Miller Jewelers.
“The class exceeded my expectations, I enjoyed it and found it educational as well.”
Scott Rispin began his 30+ years of artistic pursuits developing logos, carving signage and hand painting signs in his hometown of South Lake Tahoe, California. Since settling in Erie in 1990, Scott has been a working professional in nearly every aspect of the commercial arts; silk screening, custom graphics and signage and murals. He received his BA in Art Education from Mercyhurst College in 2003, and his MFA in painting from Edinboro University in 2008. Scott also currently teaches drawing and visual art classes at Penn State Behrend. Scott has won awards for his sculpture, painting, and public art projects. As an instructor he emphasizes individual achievement and encourages a fun and energetic classroom atmosphere. See Scott’s work on his website:
“Instructor was casual, interactive and knowledgeable”
Deborah Sementelli attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and received a BFA from Edinboro University. Deb delights in working in all types of media, with watercolor, drawing and fiber as her favorites.  In addition to teaching Life Drawing and Beginning Watercolor at the Museum, Deb is on the Pennsylvania teaching artist roster and shares her skills with students of all ages in Erie and the surrounding area.
“Good teaching methods, gentle critiques with a variety of activities.”

“Deb did a good job considering the different levels of experience of students. She was always pleasant and patient.”

“This class renewed my love for drawing” –life drawing

Wilda Sundberg has been an instructor at the Museum for 50 years. She has had solo exhibitions at the Erie Art Museum, Theil College, the Schuster Gallery, and the Waterford Community Center. Wilda is also a juried member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and a founding member of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association.
“Wilda’s manor of teaching was gentle and accepting no matter what level each student happened to be.”

“Painting on location was a first for me, now, joining Wilda’s class had made this less intimidating.”

“Wilda wants us to paint in our own style and encourages us to do so.”

Erica Whiting earned her Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Edinboro University and has exhibited in Erie including Urraro Gallery and the Bayfront Gallery. Her own work focuses on human relationships, “exploring the marks we leave behind and those that are left on us.” Many of her paintings and prints are inspired from personal x-ray slides. Erica teaches art and design classes at Collegiate Academy and strongly believes expression through art allows for success in all areas of life.